Egypt’s President Mubarak Tries To Play The People For The Okie Doke

- By Bossip Staff

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally agreed not to run for a re-election… which means he’ll be out of office in seven months.

And the people of Egypt are not having it.

Hundreds of pro-government supporters attacked protesters Wednesday in Cairo’s central square, where thousands were pushing ahead with demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak supporters were out in the streets for the first time Wednesday in large numbers, with thousands demanding an end to the anti-government movement a day after the president went on national television and rejected demands for him to step down.

Those calling for Mubarak to go have been out in Cairo and many other cities for more than a week, and they drew by far their largest crowd on Tuesday when at least a quarter million packed the central Tahrir Square and the downtown area around it. Hundreds of thousands more have turned out in other cities across this nation of 80 million.

The confrontations began just hours after a military spokesman went on national television and asked the protesters to disperse so life in Egypt could go back to normal. During the clashes, soldiers and tanks who have been guarding the square did not appear to intervene.

Almost immediately after Mubarak announced late Tuesday night that he would serve out the remaining seven months of his term and would not leave the country, groups of Mubarak supporters rarely seen before in the week of anti-government protests took to the streets, some carrying knives and sticks.

In Alexandria, clashes erupted right after Mubarak’s address between the two sides.

The movement against Mubarak is fueled by deep frustration with an autocratic regime blamed for ignoring the needs of the poor and allowing corruption and official abuse to run rampant.

After years of tight state control, protesters emboldened by unrest in Tunisia took to the streets on Jan. 25 and mounted a once-unimaginable series of protests across this nation of 80 million.

In his 10-minute address, Mubarak appeared somber but spoke firmly and without an air of defeat. He insisted that even if the protests demanding his ouster had never broken out, he would not have sought a sixth term in September.

He said he would serve out the rest of his term working “to accomplish the necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power.” He said he will carry out amendments to rules on presidential elections.

At this hour, the pro- vs. anti-government clashes continue in Tahrir Square in Cairo.


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  • Do more reading

    In 7 months he will be dead at this rate…He better cut his loses and JET…

  • Amber

    He stole $ 23 billion from the people. and the other day i saw a documentry about eygptian ghettos were the people live amongst the rubbish and trash. and have made a little city. so he needs to go NOW.

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    i was wondering the same thing. what would happen if america finally stood up to the gov’t?! how ironic that bush is in that picture with him. two men who stole from and hurt their countries…

  • Jenifer

    Corrupt! He wasn’t going to seek another term because he was grooming his son to be his successor. People aren’t stupid. Get him and his cronies out of office and cut the two-billion dollar aid to his country annually, because it’s going in his pocket.

  • SArah

    The so called pro-moubarak protesters are THUGS Policemen,the world must know mubarak is making chaos before leaving , yesterday there were more than 8 million on the streets and there were not ONE injured person this guy is a criminel and deserves to be punished.

    • Reality

      Hes not going to be punished, at least not by America, because they have supported this tyrant for 30 years. We are not battliing against flesh and blood but against principalities and ruler and authorities in high places. Book of Ephesians

  • Reality

    If citizens tried to stand up they would throw us into those fema camps…thats why they are trying to take away our right to bear arms. Something if you pay attention to they are already moving towards anyhow.

  • Keep it Real

    I thought that was the leader of Iran, no China. My bad. I read in amusement the unconditional comments and hear the prononcements of how one religion, race, government and or economic system is so much more noble and loyal to itโ€™s people. Muslim, Christian, Capitalism, Communism, White or Black give them unrestrained power and you will almost certainly end up with the same result. Those who have never had power and wealth say they would never do what has been done to them. We have seen that this is actually the biggest lie.

    โ€œAll power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or certainty of corruption by full authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.โ€

    Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Bt


    Yeah…Mubarak has to go now.Too bad his replacement(s) will probably be worse.

    • Keep it Real


  • ellie4rmbk

    Time for Mubarak to leave Egypt. His thugs have destroyed the 9 days of relatively peaceful protests that have taken place. I’m absolutely disgusted.

  • It's Me

    Shoot both of them crocks right between the eyes.

  • Always With Always 4 You

    You would think the Palestinians would rise to the occasion. Those poor souls are seriously oppressed.

  • white male

    Muslim Brotherhood will take over

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

    Yeah, the people aren’t going to back down until you are dead or run your azz up out of the country. So you need to pack it right on up. The corruption amongst the empowered is just mind-boggling. And not just in Egypt. All over the world.

  • jay


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